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Taylor GTe Urban Ash

Code: GTE URBAN ASH
  • £1,529.00
  • (Free UK Delivery)
  • RRP £1,835.00
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  • Made in America
  • Grand Theater body shape
  • Solid sitka spruce top
  • Solid Urban Ash back and sides
  • ES-2 pickup
  • C-Class bracing
  • 24-1/8" scale length
  • 1-23/32" nut width

An exciting new entry into the world of acoustic-electric guitars, the GTe Urban Ash debuts a new body shape that’s sure to inspire players of all skill levels with its compact frame, accommodating feel, and robust acoustic voice. The GT (Grand Theater) features a scaled-down body that echoes the jumbo curves of our Grand Orchestra shape, with its dimensions reduced to create a remarkably approachable feel. The innovation extends to the GT’s interior architecture, built on a new asymmetrical bracing design called C-Class bracing. This new sonic structure brings the tonal benefits of V-Class bracing to the smaller GT body shape, producing more volume and longer sustain while also bolstering the GT’s bass response to surprising levels of low-end power from a smaller guitar.

This model takes its name from the solid Urban Ash that composes its back and sides, which serve up a rich, shimmering midrange accented by pristine highs. Visually, the GT is appointed with modest details such as a three-ring koa rosette and Pinnacle inlays in Italian acrylic, preserving its accessible price point and clean aesthetic. A super-thin, water-based matte finish, paired with an Urban Sienna stain for the back and sides, reflects a dusky, alluring visual character, preserving the wood’s visual texture and allowing the player to feel the grain through the finish. Onboard ES2 electronics provide quick plug-and-play functionality when you need amplified sound. This model includes a sturdy, lightweight AeroCase™ for easy, safe transport.

Taylor GT Shape

Compact yet gifted with a bold voice, the GT’s scaled-down frame offers surprising tonal power and texture.

Sitka Spruce Top

The soundboard choice for most guitars, Sitka spruce produces a broad dynamic range and accommodates a versatile range of playing styles.

Urban Ash Body

Sourced from city trees in need of removal, Urban Ash produces midrange power and balance comparable to Honduran mahogany.

Expression System® 2 Electronics

The Expression System® 2 captures more of a guitar’s dynamic properties using a breakthrough behind-the-saddle design.

Smaller Size. Bigger Sound. Serious Fun

The Taylor GT (short for Grand Theater) introduces a new category of acoustic guitar in size, feel and sound. Made in Taylor’s California factory, the GT’s uniquely modern proportions — both in body dimensions and scale length — sit between the size of Taylor’s compact GS Mini and its Grand Concert, the smallest of Taylor’s full-size body shapes. The result is a guitar that’s incredibly fun and easy to play, with a big sonic personality worthy of any pro player’s toolbox.

How the Taylor GT Came to Be

More and more players are drawn to the playing comfort of smaller acoustic guitars but don’t want to sacrifice tone. This idea spurred Taylor master guitar designer Andy Powers to develop a new guitar that delivers on both fronts — combining the inviting playability of a compact instrument with the rich voice of a full-size, solid-wood guitar.

The Body

  • The GT borrows the basic body curves of the Grand Orchestra (Taylor’s largest body style), but they’re scaled down. The width at the lower bout (15 inches) is nearly the same as the Taylor Grand Concert, but the GT’s body length is shorter.
  • Solid-wood construction and ultra-thin finish optimize the tonal response.

The Neck

  • Scale length: For an acoustic guitar, the GT’s 24-1/8” scale length is in the mid-length range. (The GS Mini’s scale length is 23-1/2”. The Grand Concert’s scale length is 24-7/8”.) The GT’s scale is the equivalent of playing with a capo on the first fret of a 25-1/2”-scale guitar.
  • Nut width: 1-23/32”. This is wider than 1-11/16” but narrower than 1-3/4”, making it comfortable for fretting.
  • String gauge: .012-.053 light-gauge strings
  • Tension profile: It has the same string tension as if you tuned a guitar with a 25-1/2” scale length down a half step (E-flat to E-flat). The tension feels like it’s strung with a set of 11s (Custom Light). This makes the guitar easier to play.
  • Neck-to-body relationship: Between the compact body and string length, the design has the effect of bringing your hands closer together, which adds to the playing comfort.
  • Fret spacing: The scale length condenses the fret spacing slightly, creating a more agile playing experience.
  • All-around playing experience: For all the reasons above, it’s a lot easier to get around the fretboard. In fact, the GT delivers the most comfortable playing experience
  • Taylor offers among its solid-wood, US-made guitars.

Internal Bracing

  • The Taylor GT is voiced with new C-Class™ bracing architecture. The “C” refers to the cantilevered, asymmetrical design, which combines stiffness and flexibility in a way that helps accentuate the lower frequencies to produce a surprisingly warm bass response for its compact dimensions.
  • This bracing borrows some of the functional benefits of Taylor’s V-Class™ bracing, including greater stability, yielding impressive volume, sustain and intonation that sonically helps the guitar punch above its weight.

Tonewoods

  • Solid Urban Ash™ Back/Sides: First introduced on Taylor’s Builder’s Edition 324ce, Urban Ash is a tonewood Taylor has embraced both for its sustainability and tone. Responsibly sourced from Shamel ash trees scheduled for removal from municipal areas in Southern California, its tonal properties rival those of high-quality Honduran mahogany — dry, woody and clear, with pleasing midrange warmth.
  • Solid Spruce Top: Together with C-Class™ bracing and the compact dimensions of the body and neck, the spruce top is responsive to a light touch yet capable of impressive tonal output, offering players a dynamic and expressive musical palette to explore.
  • Eucalyptus fretboard, bridge and peghead overlay: The GT gives Taylor a platform to introduce another fretboard wood, eucalyptus, which offers great potential alongside ebony. Its comparable weight and density are ideal for holding frets.

Specification

Highlights

  • Scale Length: 24-1/8"
  • Nut & Saddle: Tusq
  • Bracing: C-Class
  • Truss Rod Cover: Black Plastic
  • Pickguard: Tortoise
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Tuners: Taylor Nickel Mini
  • Case: Aerocase
  • Brand of Strings: Elixir Phosphor Bronze Light

Body

  • Top Finish: Matte
  • Back Config: 2-piece No Wedge
  • Rosette Size: Three Ring
  • Back/Side Finish: Matte
  • Rosette Mat.: Hawaiian Koa
  • Stain/Sunburst: Urban Sienna

Neck

  • Neck Width: 1-23/32"
  • Fretboard Inlay: Pinnacle, Italian Acrylic
  • Heel Cap Binding: Black
  • Type of Neck Joint: Scarf
  • Neck/Heel: Tropical Mahogany
  • Fretboard Wood: Eucalyptus
  • Neck Finish: Matte
  • Heel Length: 3-1/4"

Electronics

  • Built-in Pickup: Expression System® 2

Peghead

  • Peghead Finish: Matte
  • Peghead Type: Standard
  • Headstock Overlay: Eucalyptus
  • Peghead Logo: Italian Acrylic

Other

  • Bridge Pins: Black
  • Buttons: Nickel

 

 

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